- Hyundai Motor and Discovery join forces to produce original series of documentary shorts exploring zero emission mobility: A Better Way
- Swiss aeronaut and environmentalist Bertrand Piccard takes the viewer on a journey through European locations shaping the zero emission mobility revolution
- Dr.-Ing Saehoon Kim, Executive Vice President & Head of Fuel Cell Center at Hyundai Motor Group, discusses Hyundai’s pioneering vision, spirit, and capabilities regarding hydrogen fuel cell technology
- Three-part series to reach a global audience through Discovery’s network of brands and digital platforms
Hyundai Motor and Discovery are releasing A Better Way, a series of documentary shorts which focuses on the pioneering spirit that enables technological breakthroughs in zero emission mobility. The series sees Swiss aeronaut, environmentalist, and Hyundai brand ambassador Bertrand Piccard explore the vision, reality, and perceptions around the zero emission mobility of the present and the future.
The episodes will be released across Discovery’s broad global network of brands and digital platforms from March 24 including distribution via NowThis, Seeker and Eurosport. The partnership will also see Eurosport and Hyundai Motor release motorsport content in collaboration with PURE ETCR – the world’s first all-electric multi-brand touring car championship, set to launch in June – which is organised by Eurosport’s event management and promotion division, Eurosport Events.
“Hyundai is truly a pioneer in electric mobility, including our research into fuel cell technology which began nearly twenty years ago. Today, the unrivalled diversity of our product line-up shows how our efforts have come to fruition,” says Michael Cole, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Europe. “This documentary really showcases our pioneering spirit, focusing not just on our goals for the future, but also what we’ve already accomplished. With the great strides we’ve made in advancing zero-emission mobility, Hyundai has really proved that there is a Better Way to make progress.”
“We’re pleased to join Hyundai and support the mission to shift the global perception of mobility by informing, educating and inspiring our audiences about state-of-the-art sustainable solutions, including electric and hydrogen vehicles, that are driving real change,” said Mike Rich, Head of Sports Marketing Solutions, at Discovery. “Our partnership with Hyundai showcases the exciting future of clean mobility through engaging and entertaining original content that will be brought to viewers through Discovery global scale and portfolio of brands and platforms.”
Hyundai leading the mobility revolution
The idea for the series came from a desire to inform and inspire people about the mobility revolution, with a particular focus on fuel cell technology – one of Hyundai’s biggest areas of expertise. The viewer has a chance to meet the creative visionaries driving forward electric mobility, learn about real-world applications of hydrogen fuel cell technology in Switzerland today, and have their perceptions challenged by encountering zero emission vehicles in one of the most demanding fields: high-performance motorsport.
The company partnered with Swiss environmental enthusiast and world-record holder Bertrand Piccard to tell the story through his expert perspective and to meet with other pioneers who share their vision.
“I’ve learned in my own life having a vision and the pioneering spirit is crucial but it’s nothing without action! If you’re trying to completely change the way of doing things, turning a revolutionary idea into reality, then you better get ready for a battle,” says Piccard. “I desperately want to witness the vision of a hydrogen society become a reality – to really move beyond the combustion engine, and fossil fuel dependency.”
Zero emission mobility: the vision, the reality, and the perception
The first episode is filmed in Lausanne, Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Geneva. It is also the home of the Solar Impulse Foundation, an organisation founded by Piccard dedicated to finding intelligent solutions to environmental problems. In this three-minute video, Piccard meets with the pioneers behind Hyundai’s future mobility revolution: Michael Cole, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor Europe, and Dr.-ing Saehoon Kim, Executive Vice President and Head of Fuel Cell Center at Hyundai Motor Group. The episode begins with the visionaries sharing their thoughts on the energy future, and ends with Piccard taking a ride in the all-new IONIQ 5 around the stunning Swiss scenery – becoming the first person in Europe to test the ground-breaking new EV.
The second episode takes place in Gösgen, Switzerland, a small town which is playing a big role in the energy revolution. Piccard takes the viewer to visit a hydroelectric plant that is one of the first places in Europe to produce emissions-free hydrogen fuel.
For the third episode, Piccard travels to Monte Carlo, home to one of the most famous motorsport rallies in the world. There, he meets with Albert II, Prince of Monaco, to discuss how all-electric racing and PURE ETCR can change the perception of both electro-mobility and motorsport.
“The mobility revolution will take broad coordination and cooperation. Together with our partners, subsidiaries, joint ventures, and visionaries, I’m proud of the role Hyundai is playing in shaping this clean future,” says Michael Cole. “We will continue to be a source of positive, revolutionary change throughout Europe and the rest of the world.”
The unique series is produced by Discovery’s Creative Brand Solutions team, which sits within its marketing offer to enhance content opportunities for international partners, and its Group Nine and Seeker brands. Discovery’s creative studio delivers new creative content together with some of the world’s biggest brands, helping them to connect with their audiences at scale in a deeper and more meaningful way. It is directed by London-based documentary filmmaker Simon Waldron who has previously worked on projects for global mobility and tech brands including Ferrari, Jaguar, Uber and Google.
About Bertrand Piccard
Bertrand Piccard is a renowned pioneer who stands for innovative mobility solutions. A scientist, psychiatrist, inventor, and explorer, he was the first person to travel around the world in a balloon. In 2016, he circumnavigated the globe again, this time with a revolutionary solar-powered airplane called Solar Impulse. In 2019, he broke the world record for the longest distance travelled in a fuel cell vehicle by driving 778 km across France in a Hyundai NEXO, meeting several prominent figures along the way. A dedicated proponent of eco-mobility, he started a foundation of the same name to promote innovative, environmentally-friendly solutions to various challenges of our time.
Piccard has been a Brand Ambassador for Hyundai in France since 2017, and began working with Hyundai on a pan-European level in 2020. The shared progressive spirit and dedication to finding innovative solutions to protect the environment have made this partnership a success.
About Hyundai Motor Europe HQ
Hyundai Motor Europe HQ was formally established in 2000 with its main office in Offenbach, Germany. It is the regional headquarter responsible for over 40 markets with more than 3,000 outlets, taking a 3.6 per cent market share in 2020 (ACEA data). 75 per cent of the vehicles Hyundai sold in the region are models designed, engineered, tested and built in Europe to meet the needs of European customers, served by the company’s extensive European infrastructure. This includes two factories primarily serving Europe: in the Czech Republic and Turkey.
As of January 2021, Hyundai has one of the youngest product ranges of any manufacturer, with almost all models younger than 1 ½ years old. More than 75 per cent of Hyundai’s line-up in Europe is now available as an electrified version, and the company plans to electrify its entire European line-up by 2025. Furthermore, Hyundai is a pioneer in zero-emission mobility, including its fully-electric subcompact SUV Kona Electric, its second-generation fuel cell electric vehicle NEXO, and the recently launched battery-electric IONIQ 5, the first model in its new IONIQ line-up brand. In 2020, more than 13 per cent of Hyundai cars sold in Europe, or nearly 60,000 units, were zero-emission vehicles. This makes Hyundai the leading manufacturer in terms of fleet share as well as total sales of zero-emission vehicles in Europe. Hyundai offers its unique Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package with all new cars sold in the region, providing customers with a five-year warranty with no mileage limit, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks. More information about Hyundai Motor Europe HQ and its products is available at www.hyundai.news. Follow Hyundai Motor Europe HQ on Twitter @HyundaiEurope and Instagram @hyundainews
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.